Significant resources have been committed by Transport
Scotland to help achieve the aims of the Group, including £20 million
for engineering improvements at six separate locations on the A77 south of Ayr. More information about each project is available below.
Dowhill to Burnside / Chapeldonan
north of Girvan, this stretch of the A77 has claimed several lives,
including a quadruple fatality in 2003. For safety this scheme
will include the widening and realignment of the road.
work in this area was completed at Kilphin Bends, near Smyrton, south of
Ballantrae. A high-friction road surface was laid and additional
road signing erected.
At Burnside, North of Girvan, improvements
will be made to the vertical and horizontal alignment of the A77,
improving visibility, and access to properties.
Ardwell to Slockenray
three miles south of Girvan, where the A77 winds along the cliff edge,
there has been a cluster of accidents. Investigations carried out
by Amey on behalf of Transport Scotland have shown that improvements to
the layout of the road, and increased overtaking opportunities, would
improve safety levels.
The project will include the construction
of a dedicated northbound overtaking lane. A major rock-cut at
Kennedy's Pass will also be required to allow for the road to be
straightened. Vehicles travelling northbound will benefit from a
double-width, 830m stretch of road, providing an increased opportunity
Park End to Bennane
travelling regularly on this stretch of the A77 will be well aware of
the frustration caused by slow moving ferry and local agricultural
traffic. These vehicles are restricted to the speed that they can
and should travel at.
In order to combat frustration, a
dedicated northbound and southbound overtaking lane will be created
starting north of Ballantrae and running south to Red Burn House at
Investment: £2.5m completed December '08
than a dedicated overtaking lane like the one planned for Park End to
Bennane, widening of the carriageway at Glen App will improve forward
visibility for motorists.
This hilly section of the A77,
south of Ballantrae, will undergo significant improvements to align the
road layout, both vertically and horizontally.
Investment: £4.5m completed December '08
are in place to widen the carriageway, providing two lanes northbound,
and one lane southbound, with an overtaking length of 1.2km.
travelling north, having left the ferry at Cairnryan or Stranraer, move
very slowly up the steep rise. Other vehicles currently have
little or no opportunity to get past them, and motorists can become
frustrated. A similar lane was created at Turnberry, with great
success, and the concept will be re-created at Haggstone.
Drummuckloch to Innermessan
Investment: £3.3m completed December '08
stretch of the A77 lies between the south of Cairnryan and just north
of Innermessan. The project will see the existing road
upgraded to create a southbound overtaking 'lane'.
For more information on when these works are scheduled to take place please check out www.trafficscotland.org